Staff Recommendations

A listing of staff proclivities, recommended by both past and present bookstore and publishing employees. Check back for new recommendations each month as we bring you the best of what we're reading or have read. Browse by title, author or staff member!



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  |  Ivy
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  |  Joey
  |  Lawrence
  |  Linda
  |  Michael
  |  Nancy
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  |  Ryan
  |  Scott
  |  Stacey
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The Third Hotel
A Novel
Laura van den Berg
Laura Van Den Berg's haunting exploration of the dislocating loneliness of grief is focused and intensified by the twin lenses of horror and feminist philosophy. The result manages the delicate feat of being both unsettling and deeply moving. - Recommended by Christopher P.
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The Hole
José Revueltas
The Hole tells in visceral and terrifying detail the frantic moments leading up to a desperate scheme by 3 inmates to smuggle drugs into Mexico's infamous Lecumberre Prison. An ominous parable about post-revolutionary Mexico’s institutions and their intent on the individual, and a classic of modern Mexican literature. - Recommended by Josiah
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Largesse of the Sea Maiden
Stories
Denis Johnson
A bewitching epitaph. Nobody reported from the haunted depths of American life quite like Johnson. - Recommended by Michael
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Grabbing Pussy
Karen Finley
In a breathless cascade of poetry and prose, celebrated performance artist Karen Finley here lays bare the psychosexual obsessions that have burst to the surface of today's American politics.
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Cat
Leonard Michaels
"You look at a cat, and it looks at you. You have the scary idea that a cat is a kind of person. You look more carefully and let the cat's eyes tell you what it sees. It sees you are a kind of cat."
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W. E. B. Du Bois's Data Portraits
Visualizing Black America
Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Britt Rusert
Recommended by Paul The colorful charts, graphs, and maps presented at the 1900 Paris Exposition by famed sociologist and black rights activist W. E. B. Du Bois offered a view into the lives of black Americans, conveying a literal and figurative representation of "the color line."
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The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish
A Novel
Gender and power dynamics spasm and ripple out of control in the most intimate spaces and, simultaneously, in a broader American context, framed by the 1960's student movements and the New York art scene of the 1990's. --Recommended by Ivy
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Kolyma Stories
Translated by Don Rayfield
Varlam Shalamov
Daunting in size, yes, but these stories are short, and read like brutal Russian parables. But they aren't. They're based on his 17 years of suffering under the abysmal conditions of the gulag—THIS BOOK IS ICE COLD! -- Recommended by Jared
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Amateur
A True Story About What Makes a Man
Thomas Page McBee
"Thomas Page McBee is this generation's essential and desperately needed voice on masculinity because he understands the crucial connection between power and trauma that constructs (and deconstructs) gender. This book is written with love and vulnerability about what literally makes a man fight."––Recommended by Chris C., City Lights Publishers
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In the Distance
Hernan Diaz
The Western as American myth has rarely been done so well, or been so well subverted. Hernan Diaz's story of Hakan, a young Swedish immigrant forced to fend for himself in the Gold Rush-era American West, is a coming-of-age tale, a picaresque, and a survival story filled with evocative beauty. -- Recommended by Christopher P.
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The Unknown Poe
An Anthology of Fugitive Writings
Edgar Allan Poe, Raymond Foye
An indispensable anthology of brilliant hard-to-find writings by Poe on poetry, the imagination, humor, and the sublime which adds a new dimension to his stature as a speculative thinker and philosopher. Essays (in translation) by Charles Baudelaire...
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Grumpy Monkey
Suzanne Lang
A hilarious picture book about dealing with unexplained feelings…and the danger in suppressing them!––Recommended by Caitlyn
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As Black As Resistance
William C. Anderson, Zoé Samudzi
Here are the tools––they cut through the bullshit of systematic anti-blackness, white supremacist capitalism, & consumption based politics, & make way for systems that change resistance.––Recommended by Jared
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The Best We Could Do
An Illustrated Memoir
Thi Bui
An intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family's journey from war-torn Vietnam, from debut author Thi Bui. (Recommended by Don)

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